An IPL contract is a matter of great esteem for every player. Cricketers from around the world vie for that exclusive IPL contract. There have been many instances of players missing out on an IPL contract narrowly over the years. Here are the Cricketers who can bag their first-ever IPL contract in IPL 2022.
StumpsandBails looks at 6 players who may get their first-ever IPL contract next year:
#6 Hayden Walsh Jr.
Cricketers who can bag their first-ever IPL contract in IPL 2022. Hayden Walsh Jr. has given a good account of himself in the series against Australia. He has played a key role in West Indies’ series win over the Aussies. Walsh’s leg spin is not easy to get away with. He is a live-wire on the field and is a handy lower-order batsman. Walsh is a complete package and will be a great fit for any IPL team. It is quite likely that he may bag an IPL contract this year.
#5 Rassie van der Dussen
Rassie van der Dussen is a solid middle order batsman. He has arguably been South Africa’s best batsman for the past 2-3 years. RVD was close to bagging an IPL contract this year as a replacement for Ben Stokes at RR. But sadly it didn’t materialise. His career stats are quite impressive. He strikes at 137.3 and averages an outstanding 38.1 in 25 T20Is. RVD can be the glue that holds a batting team together.
#4 Adil Rashid
Adil Rashid has been one of the most underrated spinners in modern-day cricket. He has been England’s go-to man in all scenarios in the limited-overs format. Rashid is a wicket-taker who isn’t afraid of getting hit. He has been royally ignored in almost all IPL Auctions up until now. But with the addition of two new teams, his services will prove to be mighty effective. Rashid is the trump card a captain wants.
#3 Devon Conway
Devon Conway has taken to international cricket as fish takes to water. He has been in sublime form right since his debut. Conway’s aggressiveness has augured well for Kiwis. He averages an outstanding 59.1 with the bat. His strike rate of 151.1 is brilliant too. Conway can be the enforcer in the powerplay that teams often lack.
#2 Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne missed out on an IPL contract last year. He is a bankable batsman who can weather many a storm if the team is in trouble. Labuschagne is a free-flowing batsman who scores runs on all parts of the ground. He is a gifted cricketer and a tough character. Labuschagne can also be a future IPL captain if groomed well.
#1 Joe Root
Joe Root is arguably the best cricketer to have never played the IPL. Root is class personified. He is adept at playing both spin and pace. Root’s knock of 83 in 44 balls against South Africa in T20 World Cup 2016 in a record run-chase is immortal. He brings in a lot of calmness to the crease. Root’s stature will also play a big role in the team’s environment. It’s high time he cracks the IPL code and bags a contract.